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Man Down

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1 h 30 min2017X-Ray15
Shia LaBeouf (Fury), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) headline this gripping, post-apocalyptic thriller. Home bound from Afghanistan, Gabriel a hard-nosed US marine, whose instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, desperately searches for his estranged family. This pulse-pounding story delivers a hard hitting message!
Directors
Dito Montiel
Starring
Shia LaBeoufGary OldmanKate Mara
Genres
SuspenseAdventureMilitary and War
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Jai Courtney
Producers
Jon BurtonDawn KrantzStephen McEveety
Studio
Signature Entertainment
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4.1 out of 5 stars

584 global ratings

  1. 55% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 8% of reviews have 1 stars
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nimchimpskiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring. Pretentious. Clumsy.
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Contains spoilers.

Even with a pretty bad film I usually tough it out until the end. I just couldn't face doing that this time. The twist was obvious, the characters poorly-developed and the pace mind-bendingly slow. It couldn't decide if it wanted to be an action movie, post-apocalyptic mystery or family drama. None of the elements got enough focus for them to work. If this was a film about PTSD I needed to care about the characters and feel some of the horror that they'd been though. The sci-fi mystery needed more intrigue. But instead the whole thing just plodded along, its 'twist' visible about 10 minutes into the film. Shia mumbles - I think I was able to catch about 30% of what he said. He looked very intense and did some high-calibre weeping, but his character just felt flat. The film feels uncomfortably pleased with itself, as though the non-linear timeline and sci-fi elements were breathtakingly original and it was also due to receive bonus points for addressing PTSD. But the issue of PTSD felt like it had been handled clumsily, and it's an issue which deserves a far more affecting and insightful movie.
21 people found this helpful
Warren StreetReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Predictable, cliche after cliche, badly done. Avoid
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This pretends to be deep - but no amount of pseudo pathos and slow scenes can disguise this is third rate script, and pretentious direction can disguise this is rubbish. This is full of cliches - and scenes stolen from much better films. It is so predictable that I am 3/4 way through and know what is going to happen. So I felt my time was better used writing this review. This is no Black Hawk Down, no Deer Hunter, no Sixth Sense, no Lone Survivor... this is tosh. Gary Oldman should have read it through before agreeing to come on board. There is a the kernel of a good idea but it is hidden away in a crap script. Avoid
11 people found this helpful
SmudgeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A brave and honest attempt of depicting PTSD suffered by any service member in one way or another.
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Superb movie and storyline, and the acting by all casts was just the cherry on the cake for me.
Any ex or serving soldier will relate to this story in their own personal way..
I can see how some viewers may have found the story confusing and at times predictable.
Being ex military, i knew exactly from the first scene where this was going so yes it may have been a little predictable, but this film is so beautifully made it is worth the wait to see the finale.
A very brave and honest attempt at depicting the issues of both male or female soldiers who have, and who still are serving under fire on a battlefield.
20 people found this helpful
SteveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
This is not a war-film.
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A fair attempt at portraying the effects of PTSD on a soldier/husband/father upon his return from a tour in Afghanistan. This film is slow-paced & the story told in a series of past-tense & present-time scenes. It's not confusing if you concentrate. There are a couple of twists that leave you satisfied with the ending but the journey to that point is a tad laboured. Acting is good, but not sure why Gary Oldman was needed in his role (as an army-psychotherapist) which didn't seem particularly taxing for him.

Little by way of action, so don't let the cover fool you if that's what you're looking for.

I wouldn't worry about spending extra on the Blu ray either as the quality was DVD-like & nothing special. I was also annoyed that there were trailers at the beginning of the film, but then I doubt I will be viewing again & this copy will be bound for the charity shop.
14 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent film, Shia LaBeouf is brilliant
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An excellent film, Shia LaBeouf is brilliant. It makes sad reading at the end that each night in America 200,000 veterans are homeless and every day 20 Veterans commit suicide. The issue is the same with British Armed Forces (but at a much lower number). We need to look after all our veterans (I am one myself, but from a different era and conflict depicted in this film). I would recommend this film to anyone.
16 people found this helpful
Pete B.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Jacobs Ladder for the 21st Century....
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...but nowhere near as good.

It has an honourable premise highlighting PTSD for veterans, but it is so clumsily delivered. You can see where the plot is going with lingering looks from the protagonists. Brothers in arms & betrayal. The main characters telegraph the plot way ahead of the "twists".

The description as a "gripping, post apocalyptic thriller." is a serious mislabelling, had I bought it as a hard copy rather than watching it on prime, I would have been returning it "not as described".

There are a couple of twists that aren't quite so obvious as the one in the Sixth sense, but again they are telegraphed well ahead of the "reveal".

A lot of training scenes, but not well shot and certainly not a "Full Metal Jacket" when it comes to showing Marines being trained for war.

Disappointing, with the cast it had it could have been so much better.
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Stephen McAngusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Important messages portrayed, however I feel it could have been a little bit more creative.
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This film portrays the effect of PTSD and the negligence that armed services should be held accountable for. The film has a very confusing timeline of events, which could have worked better, this technique could've been a real strong setting for the film. Spoilers will begin here.

You follow in the footsteps of a soldier who's wife had an affair with his adopted brother, who is also a member of his unit, and is killed in action. The main protagonist blames himself for the death of his closest friend/ brother due to a lack in attention to detail. He later learns of the affair, to which unravels his world.

The prelude and back story that is developed throughout the start of this film is good, however it drags out for too long. There a fair amount information that is just not necessary to the plot that makes it seem that they needed to meet a time length quota. Developing further into the story, you establish relationships and the events that led to the infestation of the protagonist's PTSD. Throughout the story you switch between worlds and timelines, I enjoyed this aspect quite a bit, as it portrays the confusion that some with PTSD can experience. You meet along the way a military psychologist portrayed by Gary Oldham, who brings focus to points of the film, small additions such as the pills being in the medical bottle being Black referring to a poison I loved! The use of quoted statistics could have been used more subtlety, perhaps some more indirect manifestations, or displays could have exemplified this.

The protagonist is discharged and returns home, this area of the film displays the distancing and confusion that Shea la beouf's character is going through. However, I feel that this is an area where they could have expanded on rather than all of the filling material at the start of the film. There could have been more material displaying the break down, and how relationships changed.

However, aside this, I really enjoyed this film. And I would seriously recommend watching it; it certainly needs improvement, but on the whole it was quite a enjoyable watch.
John WheelerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Touches unspoken truths
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This is only the second time I’ve seen Shia Beouf acting since his role in Fury. And I have to say the guy is pretty talented in his emotional portrayal in this film. Despite some reviews marking this film down because of "unstructured" flashbacks, I found the film cleverly pieced that makes sense of the PTSD interview. The links between PTSD induced mental illness, situational delusions, the past being juxtaposed with current reality makes this film one to watch. It needs perseverance but you will get it. It's a complexly structured film but if you're ex-military, and been in live combat, you will get it. And if you get it, like me it will bring memories and tears. The state pays the soldier and the soldier pays the price.
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